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The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

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A spellbinding story of a mother with nothing left to lose who sets out on an all-consuming quest for justice after her daughter is murdered on the town playground.

Sometimes the answers are worse than the questions. Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Set in the poorest part of the Missouri Ozarks, in a small town with big secrets, The Familiar Dark opens with a murder. Eve Taggert, desperate with grief over losing her daughter, takes it upon herself to find out the truth about what happened. Eve is no stranger to the dark side of life, having been raised by a hard-edged mother whose lessons Eve tried not to pass on to her own daughter. But Eve may need her mother’s cruel brand of strength if she’s going to face the reality about her daughter’s death and about her own true nature. Her quest for justice takes her from the seedy underbelly of town to the quiet woods and, most frighteningly, back to her mother’s trailer for a final lesson.

The Familiar Dark is a story about the bonds of family—women doing the best they can for their daughters in dire circumstances—as well as a story about how even the darkest and most terrifying of places can provide the comfort of home.

 

Condition: New

Hardcover, Published March 31, 2020 by Dutton

ISBN: 9781524745950

 

3 reviews for The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

  1. Chandra

    Apparently I am now a full fledged Amy Engel fan as this is my second book and my second 5 star review. First The Roanoke Girls and now The Familiar Dark. Holy crap on a cracker, y’all. The book opens up with two twelve year old girls being found murdered in a small and very poor town. This town holds the dark, the ugly, everyone knows everyone and sometimes it truly is better to just let things lie rather than dig for the truth. But when it’s YOUR daughter that’s been murdered, dig you will.

    This is (appropriately) a funereal read. There’s no levity, just a gritty read into the mind of a grieving mother whose only bright side in her entire life has just been taken from her. And while the reader is gripped into what did happen, we get lost in Eve’s story. Her childhood, her relationship with her brother and her absolute will to not be the mother her own mother was. We are spiraled into the many secrets of Eve and as things get revealed, we don’t jaw drop – we just feel more and more for her. But the biggest part of this book is the relationship Eve has with her mother and you will fully understand what I mean by this when you read this.

    It was until that ending and that just pure emotion of my heart going out to several of the characters that this became that five star read. And I LOVE that while this was such a melancholy type read – I was glued to the emotions that came forth. Put this on your tbr. Get to know Eve.
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  2. Blondethrillerbooklover

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    This is such a dark, evocative, tragic story. The author is masterful at making you feel completely immersed in the setting. The town in this book feels like a living, breathing thing. It’s gritty and raw.
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    Eve’s 12 year old daughter and her friend are found brutally murdered in the town’s park.
    Eve will stop at nothing to find her daughter’s murderer. She vows to kill him- an eye for an eye. .

    I have chills now thinking about the story. It is an absolute must read! It’s just so good.

    *As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  3. KC

    4.5 rounded up to 5.

    This is a spellbinding story of a mother with nothing left to lose who sets out on an all-consuming quest for justice after her daughter is murdered on the town playground.

    I adore books that I can read in a day. Coming in at under 300 pages, I started this mid afternoon, and was finished by the end of the day. I loved this one. The story starts immediately, is explosive, and doesn’t let up until the end.

    Some of the scenes and descriptions in the beginning are gruesome and I skimmed over these heart breaking scenes. Overall, I did NOT guess what happened, and it is a book that stays with you after it ends. Some of the parts I just couldn’t believe what was happening, and some were quite shocking. It was a very gritty mesmerizing book that I highly recommend. I loved the ending it was very unique.

    I liked this one so much I immediately got Roanoke Girls, the authors previous book.

    I would recommend this to thriller lovers, Amy Engel fans, and those who enjoy this quick engaging reads that are gritty and dark.

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